One listener’s question turns into three radio stories

We’ve got a pretty cool project at Michigan Radio where listeners can ask us a question, and we’ll find out the answer. It’s called MI Curious and you can check it out here.

Someone wanted to know what it was like to grow up in the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects in Detroit. So I looked into it, and I ended up producing three stories to answer that one question.

Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson & Diana Ross of The Supremes all grew up in the Brewster Douglass projects (Credit Nationaal Archief (Dutch National Archives)
Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson & Diana Ross of The Supremes all grew up in the Brewster-Douglass projects (Credit Nationaal Archief /Dutch National Archives)

The first story is a history lesson, called Here’s why the Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects were built.

In the second story we hear from former residents, including Mary Wilson from The Supremes. That’s called Motown legend says Brewster-Douglass taught her “people are people.” Most of the folks in this story are in their seventies and eighties, so they experienced a more positive side of the projects.

Finally we hear from former resident and comedian Loni Love. She grew up in the projects in the 70s and 80s and she describes both the positive and negative aspects of her childhood. Listen to her story called Growing up in the Brewster Projects gave this comedian a nitty-gritty toughness.

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